DJ Ronny D
Ronny D began his DJ Career in October 1976. He was introduced to his first discotheque experience in Chicago and was instantly smitten. When he returned to his hometown, St. Paul, MN, he contacted the majority of retail music stores in the Twin Cities to purchase all of the disco music available. He started a collection that has since grown to thousands of titles.
Ronny D continued researching music, contacting DJs around the country to learn about new and unique music, while learning what was ‘hot’ in different markets. Because New York City was considered the capital of disco throughout the world during its heyday, Ronny D visited the most popular discothèques in the ‘Big Apple’ in 1977. He studied the special styles of the DJs to enhance his true dedication to the music and to allow his loyal following to experience the best in entertainment. While there, he learned of an organization that specialized in importing music from Europe and other cities around the world. From that point Ronny D started to acquire the disco music that other countries were enjoying. One of the benefits of this connection was that Ronny picked up many remixes of songs from the United States and were in a 12” disco disc format that allowed a higher fidelity quality to the reproduction.
One evening in the fall of 1976, Ronny D visited Scotties on Seventh in Minneapolis-one of the ‘hottest’ disco at the time. He struck up a conversation with the DJ about disco music being played in the Twin Cities and around the country. The conversation was overheard by a disco promoter who was intrigued with Ronny D’s knowledge of the music and the business. The promoter immediately offered him a DJ position at a new disco in town.
In 1979, Ronny D was offered the DJ position at Shieks, which at the time was the most popular nightclub in the Twin Cities. In addition, Ronny D was invited to spin music at various discos around the Twin Cities and the U.S. which he continued to do into the mid 80’s.
In 1985, the disco scene started to change into a new type of music that at the time was different than the style and feel of the original club music. However, Ronny D continued to embrace the music scene with the music by hosting gatherings at different venues across the Twin Cities.
Currently Ronny D is spinning the best in disco music at various nightclubs and private gatherings. He as spun music for legendary artists including Donna Summer and Chaka Kahn. In 2005, Ronny D was proud to become part of the KFAI Radio team. In addition to hosting his “Club Disco” show, you can hear him on “African Rhythms”, “Caribbean Jam”, “Corazon Latino” and other shows when he fills in for his radio colleagues.
Because of his love and passion for the Caribbean over the years, he has become fluent in other formats including reggae, calypso, salsa, meringue, dance hall, lover’s rock, lounge, and African music.
Ronny D still remains among the most active DJ’s in disco and dance music. His passion for the music will never die; it only continues to grow!
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